The Sports Report: Week 5

Friday 3rd February 2023

  • Report from the netball SW Regionals
  • Marlburians to line-up for Bath Rugby Academy
  • Unbeaten run continues for basketball
  • U15 ISFA through to quarter-finals

It has been another action-packed week for Marlborough sport with a host of competitive matches, team successes and individual achievements to look back on.

There were some wonderful performances from the U16A and 1st VII sides at the South West Regional Schools Finals last weekend, which saw some exciting and competitive netball played. Commitment and determination were displayed in abundance with some extremely narrow scorelines. It was an exciting day for all, but sadly neither team progress to the National Finals this year. The U15As were also winners against Canford in the ISNC Plate on Thursday, progressing 47-44.

Saturday also saw nine lacrosse matches played with back-to-back wins for the 1st X and an excellent display from the U14As. This weekend the 1st and 2nd X travel to Cheltenham Ladies’ College for an invitational tournament with a range of home and away fixtures for other sides.

In boys’ hockey, 14 fixtures were played last Saturday with home and away matches against the likes of Abingdon, Lord Wandsworth College and Radley, with eye-catching performances from the 3rd XI and the U16A. The 1st XI host Lord Wandsworth College this weekend with other fixtures against Bradfield College.

The Shell Hockey Sixes tournament took place on Wednesday afternoon with each of the boys’ houses battling it out for the title. Well done to C2 who were crowned winners after a competitive afternoon’s play on Maples and Milford.

Match action from the Colts A fixture on Thursday afternoon

In rackets, Wednesday afternoon saw the final of the Lucas Cup being played with Jake B going up against Max W. Congratulations to Max who emerged victorious 15/11, 15/0, 15/8. There was a fixture against Eton on Thursday where the afternoon began with Eton presenting Rob Wakely with a framed print to mark the final fixture between the schools in his 45-year tenure as Rackets Professional. There were some competitive encounters with the 2nd Pair & 3rd Pair both losing in five games. The 1st Pair of Max W & Seb H and Yearlings Pair of Will F & George Z both secured good wins.

On Thursday, in squash, the Girls U18 team put in a solid performance in their National Schools Stage 2 Plate fixture, with a win over Cheltenham College. This followed action on Tuesday, where the boys U16 team topped their National Schools Stage 2 Plate group with good wins over Trinity Croydon, Reed’s and Sevenoaks. In fives, there was a really great win for the juniors v Winchester, with Luke W, Ben B and Jeevan P in particular coming through to win gruelling singles matches. The result was a credit to all eight players.

The impressive unbeaten term continues for basketball, who registered their seventh straight win with a 79-29 scoreline against Sherborne in midweek. In house basketball for the Remove and Hundred, Mill Mead emerged as 2023 champions just ahead of Elmhurst, Ivy and Morris.

Basketball match action from Thursday’s win over Sherborne

Marlborough’s footballers return to action this weekend with a block fixtures against Oratory School, with Open teams on the road and the Colts and Junior Colts at home. Well done to the U15 ISFA squad who progressed to the quarter-final stage with a 4-1 win away at Sherborne this week. The side host Epsom next Thursday with a place in the last four up for grabs.

After a lung-busting day at the Seaford 10s last Sunday, which saw Marlborough reach the final of the Plate, there is more rugby this Sunday as the U18s are one of 16 teams heading to Portsmouth Grammar School for the South Coast 7’s. Marlborough are joined by Bryanston, RGS Guildford and last year’s Shield winners Gordon’s in Group 2.

The Colts 7s team are attending a training session at Clifton whilst the Yearlings 7s team will start their season by attending their first tournament at Dean Close where they have drawn Prior Park, Millfield & Collegiate school in the group stages.

Good luck to Ed W & James M who are in the Bath Rugby U18 squad to face Northampton Saints at Oxford Harlequins this Saturday.

In cricketing news, congratulations go to Joe F who was this week announced as captain of the XI ahead of the Summer Term.

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